Whistler with the White LockArtist(s)James Abbott McNeill WhistlerArtist NationalityAmerican (North American)Object Creation Date1879Medium & Supportetching and drypoint, printed in black ink on pale green laid paperDimensions
7 15/16 in. x 5 9/16 in. ( 20.1 cm x 14.2 cm )Credit LineBequest of Margaret Watson ParkerSubject matter
As the title suggests, this self-portrait by Whistler is a quick sketch that highlights the distinctive white lock at his forehead, which is emphasized in this impression by the rich drypoint lines that set off this notable marking. Whistler was quite vain about his "lock" and used to coif it in such a way that it would stand up and referred to it as “his oriflamme, his panache”.Physical Description
Very loosely drawn image of a man's head and shoulders, the rest of the body is left undescribed. The man has a moustache and curly dark hair, wth the exception of a white patch right at the hairline at his forehead.Primary Object ClassificationPrintCollection AreaWesternRights
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